Korean Air has taken delivery of its first
Bombardier CS300 aircraft.
The Seoul-based airline is the Asian launch
customer for the C Series aircraft family.
Korean Air signed a firm order for 10 CS300
aircraft, with options for 10 and purchase rights for an
additional 10, in 2011.
The aircraft can seat 127 passengers in a
dual-class configuration with Premium Economy and Economy seating.
“This is a very important milestone for the C
Series program because it is our breakthrough into the
fast-growing Asian market, and we are honored to have Korean Air
Lines as our brand ambassador in the region,” said Fred Cromer,
President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “We expect that over
the next 20 years, Asian operators will take delivery of 2,870
small single-aisle aircraft. We are thrilled that Korean Air is
the first in the region to showcase the CS300 aircraft’s
outstanding performance and capabilities.” Executives from
Korean Air and Bombardier and several hundred shop floor employees
who build the C Series aircraft attended the delivery ceremony at
the C Series production facility at Mirabel, Quebec.
witnessed the C Series impressive first year in service, and are
pleased to take delivery of our first Bombardier CS300 aircraft,”
said Soo-Keun Lee, Chief Technology Officer, Korean Air Lines.
“When we selected the aircraft in 2011, we knew it would be a
great addition to our fleet. Today, it is the most efficient
aircraft in its class, and its passenger comfort is outstanding.
The CS300 aircraft will enable us to reinforce our regional
single-aisle operations, while providing a high level of
profitability and customer satisfaction. These are key drivers of
our decision to acquire the Bombardier CS300, and we are looking
forward integrating it to our fleet.”
Korean Air’s CS300 is powered by Pratt &
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